SEASON 39

Ring of Fire  The Music of Johnny Cash

RING OF FIRE
THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 1, 2017

Created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade,orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. Explore love, family, and heartache through the tumultuous biography of Johnny Cash. This energetic and exhilarating musical rocks more than two dozen of Cash's iconic hits. This production is most enjoyed by ages 10 and up.

THE PARCHMAN HOUR

THE PARCHMAN HOUR
SONGS AND STORIES OF THE '61 FREEDOM RIDERS

OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 12, 2017

Written and directed by Mike Wiley. Journey through the Deep South with the pioneers who fought discrimination and paved the way for the future. Adapted from real life accounts of the 1961 Freedom Rides, this play shares these struggles through music that ranges from Bob Dylan to spirituals. This stirring play contains racially charged language and scenes of violence and is recommended for patrons 13 and older.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL PLAY

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

DECEMBER 6-24, 2017

Written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Patrick Mullins. It wouldn’t be the holidays without Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Wells Theatre. Experience the childlike wonder of this heartwarming story that follows the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of redemption where he learns the power of kindness and compassion. This play is recommended for all ages and, in our opinion, is better the more kids you bring.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

JANUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. This stage adaptation of Jane Austen's most beloved novel will sweep you away with its witty, fast-paced exploration of expectations that has become the template for modern romance. Sparks fly when the charming, vibrant Elizabeth clashes with the aloof, enigmatic Mr. Darcy. Romantic repartee will be best appreciated by ages 10 and older.

hOUND of the Baskervilles

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

FEBRUARY 21 - March 11, 2018

Adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. 3 actors play more than 20 characters in this hilarious spoof of beastly proportions. A fast-paced comedic ride, filled with verbal and visual ingenuity, follows the dynamic pair of Watson & Holmes as they debunk a family ‘curse.' “A sublimely funny adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic," this production is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

DISGRACED

DISGRACED

APRIL 4 - 22, 2018

Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play sits you at the table for delectable drama where secrets are exposed and prejudices unearthed. At a dinner party hosted by a Pakistani-American lapsed Muslim and his Caucasian wife and attended by his African-American law partner and her Jewish husband, tensions rise when the conversation turns to religion, the economy, and Islamophobia; what could go wrong? This production contains strong language, moments of violence, and powerful subject matter. It is recommended for audiences 16 and older.

CROWNS

CROWNS

MAY 9 - 27, 2018

Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. One of the most popular productions in Virginia Stage’s history returns! In this gospel musical, 17-year-old Yolanda travels south in a coming of age story that is a testament to love, sisterhood, and family, where she learns that a hat can be more than a fashion statement. Multi-generations of women tell stories of life’s most memorable moments with their hats serving as allegories about the wonders of life – all with a flair of “hattitude.” This production is recommended for ages 8 and up.